KUSA - The Denver Nuggets have been NBA Championship contenders 24 times: From 1976-90, and 2004-11.
Those were the years that the team's roster contained a Hall of Fame player. And you can't win the NBA title without a player of that caliber on your squad.
Only two teams in NBA history have captured the championship without at least one Hall of Famer. Usually two or three. The 1979 Seattle Supersonics and the 2004 Detroit Pistons (Chauncey Billups will not make the Hall of Fame) were the only exceptions.
The Nuggets have never come close to winning the title, but at least had a chance during the seasons that Dan Issel, David Thompson, Alex English, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson wore Denver uniforms.
The idea that you can rise to the top of the league with a well-rounded group of team players is charming. But completely false. It isn't true in the NFL, MLB and NHL either, but especially the superstar-driven NBA.
The Nuggets currently have a lot of good players, but nobody extra special. So unless LeBron James decides to take his talents to the Rocky Mountains and join draft picks Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic to form a "big three" in Denver, the Nuggets can't be taken seriously.
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